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COURTS   OF   PARIS,   NAPLES,   ETC.                2Q9

February j.jth.

Our troops are embarked, and before this
goes the fort will be given up. There now blows
the finest cool breeze I ever felt, with a clear sky,
and the warmth is not more than a good sum-
mer's day in England.

I rise at the firing of the morning gun at
daybreak, and ride out. I find it delicious, es-
pecially in passing hedges of strong-scented jessa-
mine. There are few gardens, the island being
all cane or cotton ground. No trees are left but
fruit-trees about the houses.

The town is on hilly ground, and divided into
regular squares. Each house has a few cocoa
and palm-trees behind it, which makes some-
thing of a landscape; but, after Martinique, one's
taste is too refined. The great pity is that in
that island there is no botanising, or penetrating
into the woods and bushes, for fear of the snakes.
At St. Lucia, an English officer and his family
were sitting at breakfast, and his son, a boy of
ten years old, ran with a servant through the
orchard to fetch some fruit from a tree. He
passed through a tuft of long grass, in which lay
a serpent, that fastened so violently upon his leg,
that it was with great difficulty shaken off and